Overall Bite: SLOW Heavy tropical rains rasied the level of Lake Wylie three feet to full pond in 36 hours bringing mud and cooler water into the lake. Debris covered most of the Catawba River, and the South Fork River had piers and entire trees in addition to other trash. This brought navigation to a slow crawl, and made night travel hazardous. Labor day weekend boat traffic helped to move some of the debris out of the main waterways, but the constant flow of water downstream redirected a lot of it back into the middle channel overnight. The lake is now falling as fast as it came up. Duke Energy is moving water rapidly through the system in an effort to avoid problem should one of the other tropical storms move into the area late next week. Flowing water, what only happened every 4-6 hours a few weeks ago, now happen almost constantly. Water temps in the rivers have been 78-79 degrees, with temps on the lower around 81-84 degrees. The rivers are muddy, and the middle lake is stained, with the only clear water on the lower end of the lake. The rise in water, then the fall in water, debris, and change in pH have made catching lots of fish difficult. The overall size of the catch is up, but since the rise in the water an average trip has only produced 8-10 fish.